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NOW THE STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES OUTLANDER • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager.

With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters—Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander.
 
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
 
For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.
 
Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
 
Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

Praise for Dragonfly in Amber
 
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”The Arizona Republic
 
“A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth. I loved every page.”—Nora Roberts
 
“Compulsively readable.”Publishers Weekly
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I'm not actually reading this one...it's a total unabridged audio experience. This book is 33 discs long...about 40 hours of listening (and I'm on disc 18). It's going to be another month (easily) before I finish. Right now I'm just trying to figure out how Claire gets back to Jamie. He's supposed to be dead and there's like 5 more books after this one. I'm quite confused.

11/24/08 - I'm almost done! Just a few discs left. I'm really over these characters. And I just want it to end!

12/11/08 - FINALLY FINISHED! And now I have to read the next one because this one ended with a really big "What?!" Now I just have tons of questions...but I have the Outlandish Companion that I intend to read so I can skip a couple of the books.more
An engrossing and thrilling sequel.  more
I was enchanted with the first, but really not so much with the second. By the end of this one I really couldn't care less about the rest of the series. And considering that I love me a series... well just shows how disappointed I was.more
I admit when I picked this up after reading Outlander I was super excited to get back to Jamie and Claire's world. However, I felt quickly disappointed when the first chapter started 20 years later.
These chapters were interesting enough, but I was too anxious to get back to Jaime. :) Once the story went back to past I was happy once again. I just love the world Galbaldon has created and I simply can't get enough. I admit a few parts in the middle dragged on a bit, particularly the chapters where the reader along with the characters are waiting for the impending war. It seems like not much is happening. However, by the last couple of chapters the pace is picked up and once again readers are swept in a whirlwind. I didn't like this one as much as Outlander, but it was enough to keep me wanting for more.more
I am not proud of enjoying this series, but it is one of my top guilty pleasures.more
I enjoyed "Outlander" enough that I was eager to read the second book in Diana Gabaldon's time-travel romantic adventure series, "Dragonfly in Amber." Now I'm not so sure I want to go on to tackle "Voyager," the next novel in this popular series.Not that "Dragonfly" is a bad book. It is quite engrossing in spots, and the ending is particularly interesting, but there are also long dead spots where Gabaldon seems to be more interested in writing a long book (947 pages in paperback) than a good one.For those unfamiliar with the series, it is about Claire Randall, a 20th century English woman who gets transported back to 18th century Scotland, where she meets and marries a warrior named Jamie Fraser and has many exciting adventures. In "Dragonfly," she is compelled to return to her 20th century husband, whom she loves, just not as much as she loves Jamie. Now, 20 years later, she tries to tell her daughter, Brianna, about her real father.more
This is the second book in this series and it continues the fascinating travels of Claire Randall from her present day to the scottish highlands of the mid 1700's. The story continues with Claire returning to the highlands with her grown daughter, just prior to the Jacobite Rebellion. I absolutely loved this book and learned much about scottish history by reading it. Upon completing this book, you can't wait to begin the next one to continue the adventure. An excellent book and well worth the reading time.more
Second book in the Outlander series.I was surprised to start the book and find Claire in the present time again, with a 20 year old daughter, Brianna, who is obviously Jamie's.Frank has passed away and Claire is determined to know what really happened to her Scottish friends, who fought in the battle of Culloden. That's why she seeks Roger's help, a young Oxford scholar who becomes really taken with Brianna. As the research advances, Claire finds more than she had bargained for and as she is obliged to retell her incredible journey back in time to her unbelieving daughter and her new friend, the readers can learn of Jamie and Claire's journey to Paris, which brings new characters who will become essential for the outcome of the story.Although this second novel is not, in my opinion, as good as Cross Stitch, I had a great time re-meeting Claire and Jamie again, as I do think they are one of my most beloved fictional couples. And I plainly admit that I can't help but swoon now and again when I imagine rough and at the same time sweet innocent Jamie, he's the perfect hero.So, as soon as I finished the book, I bought the following sequel, Voyager, eager to know what will happen, as I don't think I'll never get tired of these lovely couple and the glorious setting of the story: Scotland, medieval times...mmmm, completely my thing.more
The wonderful and interesting romance/story of Jamie and Claire continues in Paris where the two attempt to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie's ill fated return to Scotland. An excellent read, and great follow up to the original book.more
This is the second book of the Outlander series by Ms. Gabaldon. I seem to be in the process of rereading the entire series. The next book comes out at the end of the year or early 2013 so it's a good time to re-familiarize myself with the story. Dragonfly takes place in the 2 years leading up to the battle of Cullodden. Claire and Jamie are in Paris for some of the book. Jamie is trying to discourage Prince Charles from invading England and thus avoiding Cullodden. Claire is working in a hospital and meeting lots of unusual people including Master Raymond. There are conspiracies, threats, illness and near-death experiences for both of them. They eventually head back to Scotland and finally realize the invasion is happening, like it or not.more
Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber is an amazing sequel to her Outlander. The book begins in 1968 when Claire Randall and her daughter Brianna return to Scotland and meet Roger Wakefield, the adopted son of Reverend Wakefield. Claire then tells Brianna and Roger a tale of time travel, romance, intrigue, drama, and action that stuns them both. Gabaldon made an excellent decision in introducing two great new characters in Roger and Brianna, and I love how she tied both into the story of Claire and Jamie seamlessly. She also builds upon the amazing world building and character development of Claire and Jamie as well as eighteenth century Scotland from Outlander. Dragonfly in Amber weaves a tale of Claire and Jamie trying to change the past in order to save countless lives and this quest is full of intrigue that follows them wherever they go. Overall this was an amazing read that I would most definitely recommend. I would however recommend reading Outlander first though although this book could be read on its own. It does however end with an opening for book three. Reading Outlander first would make the experience better for the reader by making them aware of the trials and tribulations that Jamie and Claire faced before this story begins.more
The thrill and excitement continues! Claire is back in current day with her daughter - except she doesn't know that Jamie is her father. I couldn't put this one down either!more
The first question is... why did it take me so stinking long to read this? I typically love big books, and typically I prefer them. So it wasn't that the size/length daunted me. There are several legitimate reasons actually, and not all related to laziness.I didn't have the time to read as I would have liked. Let me rephrase. I didn't make the time to read as I would have liked. I spent a lot of time doing meaningless things when I could have been reading.Another reason is that I sort of wanted to savor it. I absolutely adored Outlander. I fell in love with historical fiction because of that book. I also devoured it in about three sittings and was left wanting more so bad my heart broke (keep in mind - too broke to get the sequel, too proud to go to the library at that time). It really changed me. So the sequel had to take more time. I had to really enjoy what I was reading - rather than just read to get it over with.The final reason was skepticism. I was terrified that this would flop after the first as sequels usually do in my opinion. Since the first had such a profound and lasting effect on me, I was concerned that this wouldn't live up. I mean, what more could Mrs. Gabaldon possibly do more? Love that literally lasts centuries, hunky guy with an accent who's loyal to a fault, mix in a little magic and history - I just couldn't jump on the train and believe it would work. But I had to try, nevertheless. I mean, this author is amazing. And if the series lasted enough for 8+ books, I had to try. So I started this and tread lightly.I suppose there's another reason. I didn't like it... at first. I was unimpressed and not so surprised (aforementioned skepticism, mind you). I almost dropped the thing altogether, either to move on or reread Outlander so I could get that feeling back. I hate when a book does that.Obviously, those scenarios never came to pass and I trudged through the beginning to get to the paradise, so to speak, that awaited me. There is something about this writing that just pulls me and won't let me go. And I live for that. It's common to find a book you love, it's rare to find one that totally engulfs you and forces you to dream about the characters, both waking and sleeping.So here's my thoughts. I hated the beginning. Maybe hate's too strong a word but it's 7:30 in the morning, I haven't packed yet for the holiday and I haven't had my coffee yet, so hate feels good. I just wasn't into following composed, controlled 1960's Claire around with her daughter in Scotland. I wanted to feel the passion again with Jamie and I kept wanting it to just switch over already. Or for her to jump through the stones again. I understand that first chunk was vital but I wasn't impressed. The only light in this portion for me was when Claire discovers the headstones at the St. Kilda kirkyard. It was the first time I felt that passion and absolute heartbreak.At long last, 1700's France became the setting and I settled in comfortably. Like finding an old sweatshirt that still smells of the travels it's taken. I knew absolutely nothing. I mean NOTHING about this era. Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuarts, the Battle at Culloden, etc. I was totally and completely blind to the background story. If there is one thing I know, Gabaldon is one of the best at mixing just the right about of fact and fiction. I closed (metaphorically, of course) the book with a solid knowledge and appreciation of what really went down. I can't imagine that to be easy. How to teach while telling a story through somebody that never existed? I have no idea how she magicked that one, but I'm grateful for the mastery.So much happened in this book. Soooo much. Two time periods. Three settings. Battles. Death. Loss. Revenge. Joy. Excitement. Pain. Family. Friendships. I could go on and on. I mean, I know the book was big but even then, it's impressive to have managed to fit so much into that space. And it was done well - nothing was rushed. Nothing felt forced. The ebb and flow of the book simply was and I traveled along like a ghost in the shadows.I have so much more to say and yet nothing more at all. I don't want to spoil anything for those who intend on reading this one. I didn't rate this one any higher, though I would have liked to. The end broke my heart and when you get an intense feeling like that from paper and ink, you can't help but want to rave and rave about it. However, Dragonfly in Amber was good but it's predecessor changed me. Outlander was a six star book for me, a rarity in and of itself. Dragonfly in Amber was amazing so a full five stars from me.more
In 1968, Claire has returned to Scotland after almost twenty years with her daughter, Brianna, with plans to reveal the secret of the standing circle of stones and Claire's time in 18th century Scotland. Recounting what happened as Claire and Jamie strove to prevent Bonnie Prince Charlie from attempting to reclaim the throne of Scotland, Claire and Jamie will travel from Paris and King Louis' court to the Highlands of Scotland.The second novel in the series, Gabaldon's novel is richly detailed and on an epic scale. It is well-researched historical fiction, filled with a wide scope of characters both fictitious and real. However, the large scale and very detailed plot can be wearing reading given the novel's length. While Jamie and Claire's relationship was still interesting, I didn't feel it was as compelling as in the first novel, although the desire to find out what happened to them was enough to push me through the 947 pages of 10 point font. There are passages and details I feel could have been edited out to make the novel a shorter and smoother read but the novel will satisfy fans of Outlander. While the conclusion of the novel is rather open-ended, the knowledge that there are several more books in the series prevents it from feeling like a surprise or anything approximating a cliffhanger. Although the details and descriptions are beautiful and detailed, the characters are less sympathetic this time around. I will be picking up the next book in the series at some point but will definitely take a serious break between.more
Wonderful read, couldn't put it down.more
Dragonfly in Amber is the second book of the Outlander series. I like this book so well partly because of the mystery of Master Raymond. Also, the continuation of Jamie and Claire's story in 1745 is thrilling, moving, and heartfelt. I continue to be awed by Gabaldon's story telling. My only critique is that the loyalty of several characters got to be a bit confusing particularly when so many characters were involved. Figuring out who was a Jacobite and who was not, gives me an excuse to read this book again. Shucks, twist my arm.more
Still not understanding the popularity of this series. This is a readable romance, obviously (sometimes a bit too obviously) well-researched and grounded in the history that forms its backdrop. And yet - the romance between Claire and Jamie is so over the top that it's not always believable, and while they endure hardship and setbacks separately and alone, happy endings are inevitable as sunrise. This volume picks up 20 years after the events in Outlander. Claire has raised Jamie's daughter and become a physician. Told in long flashbacks, the narrative alternates between 1740's Scotland and 1968 Scotland. Honestly, much more than that includes massive spoilers; suffice to say that the ever-too-busy Claire is on the hunt for a woman - a witch - who might have the means to return her to Jamie.more
I was sooo relieved to see that this book as at least a little tamer in the sex department. I started this series upon the recommendation of a friend, and although the story line itself is ok, it seems to be filled with mindless sex and idle things just to make the book bigger? I actually found myself skipping whole pages, just to get on with the story. This is normally a big no no in my book, but...I had to make an exception. At this point I am not real sure if I will read the rest of the books, but I will keep them on hand if I have a dry spell.more
This wonderful story continues. I admit I was a little leery about the beginning because it started in the 1960's with Claire's present life and was too slow in my opinion, but when it returned to Claire and Jamie's adventures, I felt at ease once again.On to Voyager for me!more
I enjoyed the continuation of Claire and Jamies story. I am going to continue on with the series.more
Book two in this series, and the story gets better and better!more
AUTHOR: DRAGONFLY IN AMBER 2ND book in the Outlander series. Diana Gabaldon has a talent for writing about time travel. She can take you from one century to another without disruption and without the reader becoming confused. Due to her excellent writing style, any reader can clearly keep the pace with the changes in time.SYNOPSIS - Claire seeks the answers to the past centuries ago. She travels to Scotland with her daughter Brianna. With the assistance of Roger, she learns of Jaime. Brianna discovers the identity of her father. Claire replays all of the events the last time that she lived in the 17th century; a major part being attempts to avoid the disastrous Culloden; the appearance of a man we all love to hate; a relationship forged between Jaime and Bonnie Prince Charles; why Claire was forced back into the 20th century and what she went back there with and lastly what happened to Jaime at Culloden. By the way, guess who shows up that we did not expect.PASSION SCALE: This book gets THREE STARS for WISH it was me because the descriptive passion is strong. It is sexy in small descriptive details enough to want to rip your clothes off for Jaime.*NOT very descriptive and requires imagination ** WILL make you wiggle a little) *** WISH it was me; **** OH BODY, whew; *****EROTICA and well over the topFAVORITE PART: Anytime Jaime and Claire got it on was good enough for me.LEAST FAVORITE PART: Jaime being forced into a commitment to the coming battle at Culloden. Really pissed me off!YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: Historical romance. Time travel. Genealogy. This book gets FOUR Stars because I prefer not to sit by the fireplace while a person spends chapter after chapter recalling their life during days gone by. First you are in the 20th century, then you are “recalling” the 17th century, then you are in the 20th century again.more
Dragonfly in Amber is the second novel in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. While the novel itself was engaging like the first one, full of rich characters, scenery, and plot, it did seem to serve as merely a bridge from the first novel, Outlander, to the third, Voyager. Dragonfly in Amber starts with our heroine, Claire, back in her modern day in the 1960s, with her grown daughter, searching for the history of Jamie's clan after she left the eighteenth century some twenty years earlier. We soon learn what she thought happened to Jamie did not actually happen at all. Thus, we know how Voyager will start before she launches into her story of what happened before she left him. The end of the novel, a page turner indeed, confirms it.Still, despite the novel coming off as a bridge, I found it even more enjoyable than the first in the series and I'm looking forward to reading on. I think what I enjoyed the most about Dragonfly in Amber was meeting Claire's daughter and speculating as to what will happen in Voyager when Claire must decide whether or not to once again go back in time. If you haven't started this series yet, well for goodness sakes you're missing out.more
Diana Gabaldon is an excellent story teller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as much or more than the opening novel in the series, Outlander. I find the writing style in these novels incredibly intriguing, and the author's ability to engage you with the character is unique. Also, I love the genre busting nature of this series. In this second installment, the love affair between Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall continues to heat up. Marriage doesn't slow them down much! Claire and Jamie find themselves embroiled in trying to prevent Charles Stuart from crippling Scotland in the process of attempting to regain his father, James', throne. This is attempted while they outwardly support Charles. This makes for an interesting story line, which serves well over the course of the novel. I do have to say that one thing bothered me a bit in this novel. Claire and Jamie's answer for all situations seems to be to dissolve into a sexual escapade. They are happy, they have sex. They fight, they have sex. They are angry, they have sex. They have to part, they have sex. They find themselves alone......you get the picture. While this does quite a bit to spice up some of the sections of the novel, I felt it was a bit overdone. It just wasn't natural. Still, the story is good, well paced, eventful, and at times truly beautiful. I do highly recommend the novel. It is one I would recommend to people across most genres, as it has something for nearly everyone.more
Book two in the series was great. Already reading #3.more
Great ReadingThese Outlander series are wonderful, and make for a great read.more
ries was so bad, I wouldThis is the first book I read by Diana Gabaldon,and I quickly fell in love with Jamie and Claire;however,her most recent book in the se recommend not starting the series at allmore
Fabulous! Don't let the beginning fool you - it IS the correct book, you did not miss anything. It begins slightly confusing, but keep reading and it will all make sense. This series just gets better and better. Gabaldon - is a genius. In this installment of the Fraser chronicles, we find out about...genetics. Imagine Jamie's brain in the 20th century with an MIT education - add his temper, make him female - and you get a woman worthy of attention in any situation. His daughter, with those Fraser cat eyes, is about to get life changing news while under the gaze of a love-struck man.more
Forty hours of audiobook. That's a 900 page book. And it's basically a bridge between books 1 and 3. The last sentence sent me to get the next volume -- which seems to be longer still!The book is not as well-plotted as Outlander; it moves back and forth between modern times and 1745 but the movements are clunky.The battle scenes are not well done; at least, they aren't as clear as I'd like. The first battle is not bad; it's told basically from the field hospital POV and Gabaldon does that well. The battle of Culloden is not clear; I know the outcome but not how it happened.The emotional content is still as intense and beautiful as Outlander. In the period after the duel when Clare is so ill, I found myself crying at the feelings that both of the pair exhibit.I don't resonate to the new couple, Brianna and Roger, but I am withholding judgement until I finish book 3.more
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I'm not actually reading this one...it's a total unabridged audio experience. This book is 33 discs long...about 40 hours of listening (and I'm on disc 18). It's going to be another month (easily) before I finish. Right now I'm just trying to figure out how Claire gets back to Jamie. He's supposed to be dead and there's like 5 more books after this one. I'm quite confused.

11/24/08 - I'm almost done! Just a few discs left. I'm really over these characters. And I just want it to end!

12/11/08 - FINALLY FINISHED! And now I have to read the next one because this one ended with a really big "What?!" Now I just have tons of questions...but I have the Outlandish Companion that I intend to read so I can skip a couple of the books.more
An engrossing and thrilling sequel.  more
I was enchanted with the first, but really not so much with the second. By the end of this one I really couldn't care less about the rest of the series. And considering that I love me a series... well just shows how disappointed I was.more
I admit when I picked this up after reading Outlander I was super excited to get back to Jamie and Claire's world. However, I felt quickly disappointed when the first chapter started 20 years later.
These chapters were interesting enough, but I was too anxious to get back to Jaime. :) Once the story went back to past I was happy once again. I just love the world Galbaldon has created and I simply can't get enough. I admit a few parts in the middle dragged on a bit, particularly the chapters where the reader along with the characters are waiting for the impending war. It seems like not much is happening. However, by the last couple of chapters the pace is picked up and once again readers are swept in a whirlwind. I didn't like this one as much as Outlander, but it was enough to keep me wanting for more.more
I am not proud of enjoying this series, but it is one of my top guilty pleasures.more
I enjoyed "Outlander" enough that I was eager to read the second book in Diana Gabaldon's time-travel romantic adventure series, "Dragonfly in Amber." Now I'm not so sure I want to go on to tackle "Voyager," the next novel in this popular series.Not that "Dragonfly" is a bad book. It is quite engrossing in spots, and the ending is particularly interesting, but there are also long dead spots where Gabaldon seems to be more interested in writing a long book (947 pages in paperback) than a good one.For those unfamiliar with the series, it is about Claire Randall, a 20th century English woman who gets transported back to 18th century Scotland, where she meets and marries a warrior named Jamie Fraser and has many exciting adventures. In "Dragonfly," she is compelled to return to her 20th century husband, whom she loves, just not as much as she loves Jamie. Now, 20 years later, she tries to tell her daughter, Brianna, about her real father.more
This is the second book in this series and it continues the fascinating travels of Claire Randall from her present day to the scottish highlands of the mid 1700's. The story continues with Claire returning to the highlands with her grown daughter, just prior to the Jacobite Rebellion. I absolutely loved this book and learned much about scottish history by reading it. Upon completing this book, you can't wait to begin the next one to continue the adventure. An excellent book and well worth the reading time.more
Second book in the Outlander series.I was surprised to start the book and find Claire in the present time again, with a 20 year old daughter, Brianna, who is obviously Jamie's.Frank has passed away and Claire is determined to know what really happened to her Scottish friends, who fought in the battle of Culloden. That's why she seeks Roger's help, a young Oxford scholar who becomes really taken with Brianna. As the research advances, Claire finds more than she had bargained for and as she is obliged to retell her incredible journey back in time to her unbelieving daughter and her new friend, the readers can learn of Jamie and Claire's journey to Paris, which brings new characters who will become essential for the outcome of the story.Although this second novel is not, in my opinion, as good as Cross Stitch, I had a great time re-meeting Claire and Jamie again, as I do think they are one of my most beloved fictional couples. And I plainly admit that I can't help but swoon now and again when I imagine rough and at the same time sweet innocent Jamie, he's the perfect hero.So, as soon as I finished the book, I bought the following sequel, Voyager, eager to know what will happen, as I don't think I'll never get tired of these lovely couple and the glorious setting of the story: Scotland, medieval times...mmmm, completely my thing.more
The wonderful and interesting romance/story of Jamie and Claire continues in Paris where the two attempt to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie's ill fated return to Scotland. An excellent read, and great follow up to the original book.more
This is the second book of the Outlander series by Ms. Gabaldon. I seem to be in the process of rereading the entire series. The next book comes out at the end of the year or early 2013 so it's a good time to re-familiarize myself with the story. Dragonfly takes place in the 2 years leading up to the battle of Cullodden. Claire and Jamie are in Paris for some of the book. Jamie is trying to discourage Prince Charles from invading England and thus avoiding Cullodden. Claire is working in a hospital and meeting lots of unusual people including Master Raymond. There are conspiracies, threats, illness and near-death experiences for both of them. They eventually head back to Scotland and finally realize the invasion is happening, like it or not.more
Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber is an amazing sequel to her Outlander. The book begins in 1968 when Claire Randall and her daughter Brianna return to Scotland and meet Roger Wakefield, the adopted son of Reverend Wakefield. Claire then tells Brianna and Roger a tale of time travel, romance, intrigue, drama, and action that stuns them both. Gabaldon made an excellent decision in introducing two great new characters in Roger and Brianna, and I love how she tied both into the story of Claire and Jamie seamlessly. She also builds upon the amazing world building and character development of Claire and Jamie as well as eighteenth century Scotland from Outlander. Dragonfly in Amber weaves a tale of Claire and Jamie trying to change the past in order to save countless lives and this quest is full of intrigue that follows them wherever they go. Overall this was an amazing read that I would most definitely recommend. I would however recommend reading Outlander first though although this book could be read on its own. It does however end with an opening for book three. Reading Outlander first would make the experience better for the reader by making them aware of the trials and tribulations that Jamie and Claire faced before this story begins.more
The thrill and excitement continues! Claire is back in current day with her daughter - except she doesn't know that Jamie is her father. I couldn't put this one down either!more
The first question is... why did it take me so stinking long to read this? I typically love big books, and typically I prefer them. So it wasn't that the size/length daunted me. There are several legitimate reasons actually, and not all related to laziness.I didn't have the time to read as I would have liked. Let me rephrase. I didn't make the time to read as I would have liked. I spent a lot of time doing meaningless things when I could have been reading.Another reason is that I sort of wanted to savor it. I absolutely adored Outlander. I fell in love with historical fiction because of that book. I also devoured it in about three sittings and was left wanting more so bad my heart broke (keep in mind - too broke to get the sequel, too proud to go to the library at that time). It really changed me. So the sequel had to take more time. I had to really enjoy what I was reading - rather than just read to get it over with.The final reason was skepticism. I was terrified that this would flop after the first as sequels usually do in my opinion. Since the first had such a profound and lasting effect on me, I was concerned that this wouldn't live up. I mean, what more could Mrs. Gabaldon possibly do more? Love that literally lasts centuries, hunky guy with an accent who's loyal to a fault, mix in a little magic and history - I just couldn't jump on the train and believe it would work. But I had to try, nevertheless. I mean, this author is amazing. And if the series lasted enough for 8+ books, I had to try. So I started this and tread lightly.I suppose there's another reason. I didn't like it... at first. I was unimpressed and not so surprised (aforementioned skepticism, mind you). I almost dropped the thing altogether, either to move on or reread Outlander so I could get that feeling back. I hate when a book does that.Obviously, those scenarios never came to pass and I trudged through the beginning to get to the paradise, so to speak, that awaited me. There is something about this writing that just pulls me and won't let me go. And I live for that. It's common to find a book you love, it's rare to find one that totally engulfs you and forces you to dream about the characters, both waking and sleeping.So here's my thoughts. I hated the beginning. Maybe hate's too strong a word but it's 7:30 in the morning, I haven't packed yet for the holiday and I haven't had my coffee yet, so hate feels good. I just wasn't into following composed, controlled 1960's Claire around with her daughter in Scotland. I wanted to feel the passion again with Jamie and I kept wanting it to just switch over already. Or for her to jump through the stones again. I understand that first chunk was vital but I wasn't impressed. The only light in this portion for me was when Claire discovers the headstones at the St. Kilda kirkyard. It was the first time I felt that passion and absolute heartbreak.At long last, 1700's France became the setting and I settled in comfortably. Like finding an old sweatshirt that still smells of the travels it's taken. I knew absolutely nothing. I mean NOTHING about this era. Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuarts, the Battle at Culloden, etc. I was totally and completely blind to the background story. If there is one thing I know, Gabaldon is one of the best at mixing just the right about of fact and fiction. I closed (metaphorically, of course) the book with a solid knowledge and appreciation of what really went down. I can't imagine that to be easy. How to teach while telling a story through somebody that never existed? I have no idea how she magicked that one, but I'm grateful for the mastery.So much happened in this book. Soooo much. Two time periods. Three settings. Battles. Death. Loss. Revenge. Joy. Excitement. Pain. Family. Friendships. I could go on and on. I mean, I know the book was big but even then, it's impressive to have managed to fit so much into that space. And it was done well - nothing was rushed. Nothing felt forced. The ebb and flow of the book simply was and I traveled along like a ghost in the shadows.I have so much more to say and yet nothing more at all. I don't want to spoil anything for those who intend on reading this one. I didn't rate this one any higher, though I would have liked to. The end broke my heart and when you get an intense feeling like that from paper and ink, you can't help but want to rave and rave about it. However, Dragonfly in Amber was good but it's predecessor changed me. Outlander was a six star book for me, a rarity in and of itself. Dragonfly in Amber was amazing so a full five stars from me.more
In 1968, Claire has returned to Scotland after almost twenty years with her daughter, Brianna, with plans to reveal the secret of the standing circle of stones and Claire's time in 18th century Scotland. Recounting what happened as Claire and Jamie strove to prevent Bonnie Prince Charlie from attempting to reclaim the throne of Scotland, Claire and Jamie will travel from Paris and King Louis' court to the Highlands of Scotland.The second novel in the series, Gabaldon's novel is richly detailed and on an epic scale. It is well-researched historical fiction, filled with a wide scope of characters both fictitious and real. However, the large scale and very detailed plot can be wearing reading given the novel's length. While Jamie and Claire's relationship was still interesting, I didn't feel it was as compelling as in the first novel, although the desire to find out what happened to them was enough to push me through the 947 pages of 10 point font. There are passages and details I feel could have been edited out to make the novel a shorter and smoother read but the novel will satisfy fans of Outlander. While the conclusion of the novel is rather open-ended, the knowledge that there are several more books in the series prevents it from feeling like a surprise or anything approximating a cliffhanger. Although the details and descriptions are beautiful and detailed, the characters are less sympathetic this time around. I will be picking up the next book in the series at some point but will definitely take a serious break between.more
Wonderful read, couldn't put it down.more
Dragonfly in Amber is the second book of the Outlander series. I like this book so well partly because of the mystery of Master Raymond. Also, the continuation of Jamie and Claire's story in 1745 is thrilling, moving, and heartfelt. I continue to be awed by Gabaldon's story telling. My only critique is that the loyalty of several characters got to be a bit confusing particularly when so many characters were involved. Figuring out who was a Jacobite and who was not, gives me an excuse to read this book again. Shucks, twist my arm.more
Still not understanding the popularity of this series. This is a readable romance, obviously (sometimes a bit too obviously) well-researched and grounded in the history that forms its backdrop. And yet - the romance between Claire and Jamie is so over the top that it's not always believable, and while they endure hardship and setbacks separately and alone, happy endings are inevitable as sunrise. This volume picks up 20 years after the events in Outlander. Claire has raised Jamie's daughter and become a physician. Told in long flashbacks, the narrative alternates between 1740's Scotland and 1968 Scotland. Honestly, much more than that includes massive spoilers; suffice to say that the ever-too-busy Claire is on the hunt for a woman - a witch - who might have the means to return her to Jamie.more
I was sooo relieved to see that this book as at least a little tamer in the sex department. I started this series upon the recommendation of a friend, and although the story line itself is ok, it seems to be filled with mindless sex and idle things just to make the book bigger? I actually found myself skipping whole pages, just to get on with the story. This is normally a big no no in my book, but...I had to make an exception. At this point I am not real sure if I will read the rest of the books, but I will keep them on hand if I have a dry spell.more
This wonderful story continues. I admit I was a little leery about the beginning because it started in the 1960's with Claire's present life and was too slow in my opinion, but when it returned to Claire and Jamie's adventures, I felt at ease once again.On to Voyager for me!more
I enjoyed the continuation of Claire and Jamies story. I am going to continue on with the series.more
Book two in this series, and the story gets better and better!more
AUTHOR: DRAGONFLY IN AMBER 2ND book in the Outlander series. Diana Gabaldon has a talent for writing about time travel. She can take you from one century to another without disruption and without the reader becoming confused. Due to her excellent writing style, any reader can clearly keep the pace with the changes in time.SYNOPSIS - Claire seeks the answers to the past centuries ago. She travels to Scotland with her daughter Brianna. With the assistance of Roger, she learns of Jaime. Brianna discovers the identity of her father. Claire replays all of the events the last time that she lived in the 17th century; a major part being attempts to avoid the disastrous Culloden; the appearance of a man we all love to hate; a relationship forged between Jaime and Bonnie Prince Charles; why Claire was forced back into the 20th century and what she went back there with and lastly what happened to Jaime at Culloden. By the way, guess who shows up that we did not expect.PASSION SCALE: This book gets THREE STARS for WISH it was me because the descriptive passion is strong. It is sexy in small descriptive details enough to want to rip your clothes off for Jaime.*NOT very descriptive and requires imagination ** WILL make you wiggle a little) *** WISH it was me; **** OH BODY, whew; *****EROTICA and well over the topFAVORITE PART: Anytime Jaime and Claire got it on was good enough for me.LEAST FAVORITE PART: Jaime being forced into a commitment to the coming battle at Culloden. Really pissed me off!YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: Historical romance. Time travel. Genealogy. This book gets FOUR Stars because I prefer not to sit by the fireplace while a person spends chapter after chapter recalling their life during days gone by. First you are in the 20th century, then you are “recalling” the 17th century, then you are in the 20th century again.more
Dragonfly in Amber is the second novel in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. While the novel itself was engaging like the first one, full of rich characters, scenery, and plot, it did seem to serve as merely a bridge from the first novel, Outlander, to the third, Voyager. Dragonfly in Amber starts with our heroine, Claire, back in her modern day in the 1960s, with her grown daughter, searching for the history of Jamie's clan after she left the eighteenth century some twenty years earlier. We soon learn what she thought happened to Jamie did not actually happen at all. Thus, we know how Voyager will start before she launches into her story of what happened before she left him. The end of the novel, a page turner indeed, confirms it.Still, despite the novel coming off as a bridge, I found it even more enjoyable than the first in the series and I'm looking forward to reading on. I think what I enjoyed the most about Dragonfly in Amber was meeting Claire's daughter and speculating as to what will happen in Voyager when Claire must decide whether or not to once again go back in time. If you haven't started this series yet, well for goodness sakes you're missing out.more
Diana Gabaldon is an excellent story teller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as much or more than the opening novel in the series, Outlander. I find the writing style in these novels incredibly intriguing, and the author's ability to engage you with the character is unique. Also, I love the genre busting nature of this series. In this second installment, the love affair between Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall continues to heat up. Marriage doesn't slow them down much! Claire and Jamie find themselves embroiled in trying to prevent Charles Stuart from crippling Scotland in the process of attempting to regain his father, James', throne. This is attempted while they outwardly support Charles. This makes for an interesting story line, which serves well over the course of the novel. I do have to say that one thing bothered me a bit in this novel. Claire and Jamie's answer for all situations seems to be to dissolve into a sexual escapade. They are happy, they have sex. They fight, they have sex. They are angry, they have sex. They have to part, they have sex. They find themselves alone......you get the picture. While this does quite a bit to spice up some of the sections of the novel, I felt it was a bit overdone. It just wasn't natural. Still, the story is good, well paced, eventful, and at times truly beautiful. I do highly recommend the novel. It is one I would recommend to people across most genres, as it has something for nearly everyone.more
Book two in the series was great. Already reading #3.more
Great ReadingThese Outlander series are wonderful, and make for a great read.more
ries was so bad, I wouldThis is the first book I read by Diana Gabaldon,and I quickly fell in love with Jamie and Claire;however,her most recent book in the se recommend not starting the series at allmore
Fabulous! Don't let the beginning fool you - it IS the correct book, you did not miss anything. It begins slightly confusing, but keep reading and it will all make sense. This series just gets better and better. Gabaldon - is a genius. In this installment of the Fraser chronicles, we find out about...genetics. Imagine Jamie's brain in the 20th century with an MIT education - add his temper, make him female - and you get a woman worthy of attention in any situation. His daughter, with those Fraser cat eyes, is about to get life changing news while under the gaze of a love-struck man.more
Forty hours of audiobook. That's a 900 page book. And it's basically a bridge between books 1 and 3. The last sentence sent me to get the next volume -- which seems to be longer still!The book is not as well-plotted as Outlander; it moves back and forth between modern times and 1745 but the movements are clunky.The battle scenes are not well done; at least, they aren't as clear as I'd like. The first battle is not bad; it's told basically from the field hospital POV and Gabaldon does that well. The battle of Culloden is not clear; I know the outcome but not how it happened.The emotional content is still as intense and beautiful as Outlander. In the period after the duel when Clare is so ill, I found myself crying at the feelings that both of the pair exhibit.I don't resonate to the new couple, Brianna and Roger, but I am withholding judgement until I finish book 3.more
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